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Running, cycling and other events

Running, cycling and other events

Every year Action for M.E. has guaranteed charity places in some of the UKs largest running and cycling events, click on the events below for more information.

Every runner or cyclist taking part in an event for us will get access to our fundraising materials, advice and tips from our dedicated fundraising team and the option of a free running vest.

Action for M.E. has guaranteed places in the following events but places are limited, so please contact us now if you’re interested. Alternately, if you have your own place in any of these events and would like to fundraise for us, please get in touch.

You can contact the Fundraising team by email or call on 0117 937 6626.


London Marathon

Date: 23 April 2017
Location: London
Event type: Full Marathon (26.2 miles)
Registration fee: £100
Minimum sponsorship: £1,600
Due to the popularity of the London Marathon we are sadly not able to offer everybody who applies a place. We will be accepting applications up until the 1st of September, we will then choose our team and let people know by the end of the month

Click here for more information and stories from our previous runners

British 10K London Run

Date: 2017 date TBC
Location: London
Event type: 10K
Registration Fee: £20
Minimum Sponsorship: £175

Ride London 100

Date: 2017 date TBC
Location: London
Event type: 100 mile cycling road race
Registration fee: £50 with 50% discount available when registering with a friend
Minimum sponsorship: £500

Great North Run

Date: September 2017
Location: Newcastle
Event type: Half Marathon
Registration fee: £30
Minimum sponsorship: £350

Vitality Bath Half Marathon

Date: March 2017
Location: Bath
Event type: Half Marathon
Registration fee: £20
Minimum Sponsorship: £175


Other events

If you’d like to take part in another organised event which you know about, just let us know and the Action for M.E. fundraising team will support you every step of the way. Can’t find an event you like? You can find races taking place in your area with Runners Diary, or see below for something a bit different than your standard road race.

Run the rainbow
Colour runs see entrants getting showered in powdered dyes at each kilometre, turning them into moving, living canvases as they make their way round the course. Major colour run organisers in the UK include Run or Dye, Colour5K or The Color Run. For an added challenge you can try the Color Obstacle Rush.

Obstacle courses
Entrants in one of the UKs many obstacle course runs climb, swim, crawl and scramble to the finish line in ever growing numbers. Major UK events include the Tough Mudder, Xrunner and Airfield Anarchy.

Move your feet to the beat
Lots of runners have their own favourite playlists to help get in the zone, and with these music run events you can take it one step further. These events are half run, half disco with runners passing through different zones along the course each with a different DJ or live act to help spur them on to the finish line. Among the UK’s most popular events are:

  • Run to the Beat partners with City Showcase, notable for having broken some of the most recognisable names in the music industry over the last few years.
  • Electric Run is half fun run, half disco, all spectacle. Runners progress through a variety of courses each with a different theme. If previous years are anything to go by, expect a lot of neon.